v. talk rapidly and continuously in a foolish, excited, or incomprehensible way
Babbling is similar to rambling, but I think rambling is more mellow than babbling.
Ranting and raving are other words which describe ways of speaking, but you do those when you’re even more excited or worked up.
In today’s video, Charlie says that in part of a TV news story, there’s: a filler shot designed to give your eyes something to look at while my voice babbles on about facts.
conversations with sarah
Do you watch TV news?
Jimmy Do you watch TV news? TVニュース見ますか？
Jimmy Why not? なぜ？
Sarah I guess partly because I’m just not really interested in the stuff they focus on. TVニュースが当てる焦点に興味がないからだと思う。
Jimmy Like what? 例えば？
Sarah Stuff like violent crime. For example, if there’s been a murder, it’s enough for me to read the headline and maybe skim through the article if I want to read more. I don’t need to listen to someone talking about all the little details like the weapons or whatever. 暴力事件など。例えば殺人事件があったとします。わたし的にはヘッドラインを読めば充分で、もし興味があったら記事を流し読み程度はするかも知れません。どのような武器を使ったかなど詳細は聞く必要はありません。
Charlie Brooker - How To Report The News - Transcript
Before long a standard news report, visual language, established itself. One that's immediately recognizable to anyone.
Me has this report.
It starts here, with a lacklustre establishing shot of a significant location.
Next a walky-talking preamble from the auteur, pacing steadily towards the lens, punctuating every other sentence with a hand gesture. And ignoring all the (?) around him, like he’s gliding through the fucking Matrix, before coming to a halt and posing a question: What comes next?
Often something like this – a filler shot designed to give your eyes something to look at while my voice babbles on about facts. Sometimes it’ll slow down to a halt, turn monochrome and some of those facts will appear one by one on the screen.
This is followed by the obligatory shots of overweight people with their faces subtly framed out.
After which the report is padded out with a selection of lazy and pointless vox pops.
Um, usually get some inane chatter from people.
I think they do have too much, I think what we want to hear is actually what’s happening and not what other people think of it.
I hate these sound, sound bites. I, I, I don’t want some punter’s opinion, usually, no.
Another bit of dull visual abstraction to plug another gap now, before the report segues gracefully into a bit of human interest, courtesy of some dowdy man opening letters in a kitchen and explaining how he’s been affected by the issue.
When I’m watching the news, I don’t really, you know, there’s a person talking to me, telling me what’s going on and I don’t really listen to what they’re saying. It’s just news. It’s just news.
He unfortunately was boring, so to wake you up, this is an animated chart, this is a silhouette representing the average family and this is a lighthouse keeper being beheaded by a lazer beam.
As we near the end of the report, illustrative shots of pedestrians and signs and a (?) to window.
And then the finally summary, ending on a whimsical shot of something nearby. Accompanied by a wry sign-off. If you’re lucky a bit of word play fit for a king, or in other words, a Regent Street.